Sugar Grove, Ill. — The 25th Arnold Palmer Cup came to a conclusion on Sunday with Team USA defeating Team International 33-27. The Americans lost claimed the cup in 2018 at Evian Resort Golf Club.
Holding just a four point lead heading into Sunday 24 singles matches, the Americans appeared to be in for a heavyweight title fight as they split the first four matches with the Internationals.
As momentum swung back and forth, seemingly with every shot taken, it wasn’t until Benjamin Shipp grabbed a 7&5 win over Puwit Anupansuebsai that the tide rose in the Americans favor. Having not won a match all week, Shipp continued to trust his game at the advice of USA head coach Greg Sands. Winning the first four holes and carding five birdies, Shipp gave the Americans their largest win of the week.
Despite the big win, the Internationals were able to keep things interesting for much of the morning. Julián Périco took down William Moll 5&3 while Beatrice Wallin defeated Irene Kim 4&3 for a then crucial two points. Emma Spitz, Lauren Walsh, and Isabella Fierro all took close wins over their American opponents.
Two matches ended all square; however, not all ties are created equal. Sam Bennett and Hugo Townsend combined for 18 birdies in their singles match, which ended with the last three holes switching hands, in favor of Townsend to squeak out a half point.
Following the lowest scoring match of the week, the Internationals simply ran out of holes. Wins from Emily Price and Eugenio Chacarra gave the Internationals hope but it was Brad Reeves who ended it.
Reeves picked up where Bennett left off, pushing the United States over the threshold of the 30.5 necessary points with a 3&2 victory over Bo Jin. Of the final 10 matches, the Americans took full points in six of them to take the 2021 Arnold Palmer Cup by six points, 33 to 27.
Each year, a man and woman are voted upon by their peers to receive exemptions into the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and The Amundi Evian Championship. This year's recipients were Sam Bennett and Brooke Matthews.
Aside from the exemptions, one player from each team is chosen by their peers for the Michael Carter Award.
On February 13, 2002, former Penn State University golfer and GCAA Arnold Palmer Cup intern Michael Carter died in an automobile accident at the young age of 19. While Carter tragically left this world too soon, his infectiously fun-loving spirit will forever live in this competition. The Michael Carter “Junior” Memorial Award is presented to the Arnold Palmer Cup participant from each team who best represents the qualities and ideals that made this young man unique.
This year’s recipients were Sam Bennett and Bo Jin.
Arnold Palmer Cup
Round 4 Singles Results
Gina Kim, USA def. Ana Peláez Triviño, International, 3&2
David Puig, Internationaldef. Dylan Menante, USA, 3&2
Jacob Bridgeman, USA def. Alex Fitzpatrick, International, 2&1
Emma Spitz, International def. Julia Johnson, USA, 1-up
Beatrice Wallin, International def. Irene Kim, USA, 4&3
Julián Périco, International def. William Moll, USA, 5&3
Trent Phillips, USA def. Adrien Dumont de Chassart, International, 4&3
Isabella Fierro, International def. Kate Smith, USA, 2&1
Lauren Walsh, International def. Rachel Kuehn, USA, 2&1
Benjamin Shipp, USA def. Puwit Anupansuebsai, International, 7&5
Ryan Hall, USA def. Yuxin Lin, International, 1-up
Emilia Migliaccio, USA tied Virunpat Olankitkunchai, International
Allisen Corpuz, USA def. Penny Brown, International, 4&2
Sam Bennett, USA tied Hugo Townsend, International
Pontus Nyholm, International def. Trevor Norby, USA, 2&1
Emily Price, International def. Hanna Harrison, USA, 4&3
Latanna Stone, USA def. Karen Fredgaard, International, 2&1
Ricky Castillo, USA def.. Joe Pagdin, International, 2&1
Eugenio Chacarra, International def. Pierceson Coody, USA, 3&1
Agathe Laisne, International def. Brooke Matthews, USA, 1-up
Erica Shepherd, USA def. Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, International, 3&2
Brad Reeves, USA def. Bo Jin, International, 3&2
Nick Gabrelcik, USA def. Allan Hill, International, 3&2
Lauren Hartlage, USA def. Ingrid Lindblad, International, 1-up